reality check

Reality Check on mooring W28 in Descanso
Reality Check on mooring W28 in Descanso

Reality Check - a 1984 Catalina 36 sailboat

reality check - something that clarifies or serves as a reminder of reality.

1984 Catalina 36 MKI For Sale Sold

Can you believe we owned Reality Check from January 1987 to May 2018? That's 31 years!

I always knew the day would come when we sell Reality Check, but I didn't really expect it to be 2018.

Life's bumps have hit Steve hard, and complications from immunotherapy cancer treatments have left him with damage to the nerve cell fibers in the spine (called Transverse myelitis). There isn't any coming back from the damage, so we sold our beloved sailboat.

We've made a lot of wonderful memories aboard Reality Check, and I've had lots of projects! I plan on keeping this website up for quite some time, I've had tons of fun writing about the projects and appreciate hearing from the many, many people that the articles and how-to's have helped.


  • Heat exchanger zinc: September 15 2017
  • Bottom Paint: August 23 2016
  • Hull wax: August 23 2016 (while in for bottom paint)
  • Batteries: 3 new Gel Cell Deep Cycle Marine, August 15 2016
  • Oil and filter change: October 22 2016
  • Transmission Fluid change: October 22 2016
  • Salt water pump rebuild and impeller change: April 13 2016
  • Heat exchanger cleaned and end cap gaskets replaced: July 31 2015
  • Main sail (original): Rip repair at batten at C36 logo by Quantum Sails April 9 2015
  • Fire extinguishers: Kidde Mariner twin pack, July 9, 2014 - Date of Manufacture: 2013, remove from service 12 years after DoM (2025)
  • Exhaust riser: Replaced October 2011

Original Engine Hours: 1,408